So I don’t feel a sharp pain or a hollow feeling inside. I think that means I liked it and it was satisfying.
I’ve spoken enough about the series this past week, so this is mostly just the finale.
The cast, crew and show runners go out of their way to provide an emotionally satisfying closure to the six seasons of Lost. For everyone who was following Lost for the relationships, and that had to be part of the reason for everyone I think, each relationship was given a moment in the spot light. Even ones that had been off centre stage for a long, long time.
The show also provided a final look at its core themes – love, faith, redemption, choice. These were given grace notes.
The ending twist was well foreshadowed throughout the season and so didn’t feel like a cheat. Most satisfying it solidified that ‘whatever happened happened’. Every moment we hated or loved throughout the series was true. One of my problems with the sixth season, other than pacing, was that it seemed like that might not be the case – so I was very happy to see the ending that was provided. It was also explicitly spiritual. 🙂 I liked that as well.
It took a while, but we eventually found out that they also remained consistent with their own self-imposed time travel rules. The geek in me likes that.
During my last recap I said that there were 6 big unanswered questions (and a million smaller ones). I predicted that only answers to two would be forthcoming. I was right. Certainly the lack of some of those answers will be troubling to many people. It might not be possible to provide them and remain consistent throughout. Certainly anyone who wanted an explanation, whether scientific or magical of the nature of the island will be left wanting. (I do find the spiritual explanation sufficient myself, but it does seem incomplete.)
My biggest disappointment is that in general their families didn’t matter. Right? The twist is that the most important people in their lives are in the flash sideways and they are finding each other again. For Sun and Jin that is a promise of a baby together, but not the actual child. Penny and Desmond’s child Charlie isn’t there at all and neither is Walt. The same is true for Aaron. Worst, Jack’s son turns out to be a figment. David was cool! It seems to be that although the relationships are uber-romantic that they don’t show the often deeper love that results in just a giving of oneself and in raising a family.
Additionally, Claire, Kate, Sawyer, Hurley, Ben, Desmond, Miles and Frank make it out alive. They didn’t have an opportunity in their lives post Lost to have new profound relationships? That may have been awkward storytelling. But it seems to me that it is similar to those people whose lives peak in High School. Just a little bit sad.
These thoughts come mostly with reflection. The whow was awesome in the moment. It had so many stand up and cheer moments!
Stuff I liked:
- Look Rose, Bernard and Vincent. Awesome!
- Miles didn’t die in the first 5 minutes. Nifty!
- Lapidus lives and is incredible in the end. He finally gets his moment.
- The Juliet cameo was expected, but good.
- The other cameos: Boone, Shannon, Charlotte, Daniel – I was cheering…
- The memory triggers on each relationship felt right.
- Desmond was awesome – as per usual.
- There were a lot of echoed lines – easter eggs for the fans. “See you in the next life, brother”
- Hurley becomes the guardian.
- The ending image was what was expected and worked very well.
Stuff I was unsure about:
- The fight with the Smoke Monster comes down to a fist fight? (Jack’s injuries were very good though.)
- Ben’s forgiveness by Locke and his decision to stay behind were nice. But it seemed like he still got off easily.
- Charles Widmore gets no closure. Nuts.
- No Eko. Double nuts!